De Gea unhappy over Man Utd long trophy wait

De Gea unhappy over Man Utd long trophy wait

Spanish goalkeeper, David de Gea says there have been “too many years without trophies” after Manchester United’s Champions League defeat by Atletico Madrid extended their silverware drought to five years.

Renan Lodi scored the only goal for Diego Simeone’s side at Old Trafford to hand Atletico a 2-1 aggregate victory.

United have not won a trophy since Jose Mourinho guided them to the Europa League in 2016-17.

“Of course it’s not good enough,” said United keeper De Gea.

“There are too many years without any trophies, even without fighting for trophies.

“We need to be clear we want to achieve good things and fight for trophies. We don’t just want to play for the top four and get out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals.

“So we need much more from everyone because this club is too big for where we are now. We are far from the fighting places for the Premier League, for the Champions League, so we need much more from everyone.”

United have now been knocked out in six of their past eight Champions League knockout-stage ties.

They face a significant contest to qualify for next season’s competition – as they are fifth in the Premier League, one point below Arsenal, who have three games in hand.

De Gea added that there was frustration with United’s overall performance.

He said: “This is where we are at the moment. It’s a difficult situation. We have to keep fighting. I feel very sad. But we were not good enough.

“We are really disappointed with the result. It’s difficult to put into words how we feel now at the moment. We did not enough in both games to win it. It’s a very disappointing day for us.”

Defeat raised the question of whether Tuesday’s match will prove to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last appearance in the Champions League.

Ronaldo, 37, is the tournament’s all-time top scorer and has lifted the trophy five times, first doing so with United in 2007-08 before winning it four times with Real Madrid.

He failed to have a shot during Tuesday’s defeat.